Department of Geography and Geosciences
About Our Department

The Department of Geography & Geosciences offers both Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees. Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree must complete all general education, major (and minor courses) for a letter grade and fulfill all elective course requirements within the Department. Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree, must complete all general education, major, (and minor courses) for a letter grade and fulfill all elective course requirements within the Department. Additionally, two units of course credit must be completed within the Mathematics Department. Specific courses are determined by the department of the student's major.

The Department of Geography & Geosciences actively participates in the interdisciplinary majors of Urban Studies, Logistics and Transportation Management, and in the January Term field experience program.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Geography & Geosciences is to provide students, majors and non-majors alike, with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the earth’s physical and human environments and the interrelationships among them. By offering a wide variety of courses and concentrations within the geosciences, the department is able to address the specific needs and interests of students while insuring that they become acquainted with the diversity that is found within the geosciences. Through experiencing the breadth and depth of course work within the geosciences, students will be prepared for a range of activities including a varied set of professional careers within both the private and public sectors as well as graduate school.

Goals of the Department

  • To enable students to recognize and apply the fundamental themes, concepts, and methodologies of the geosciences while thinking critically, analytically, spatially, and creatively about geographic and geospatial issues and problems.
  • To enable students to interpret and analyze the interrelationships between physical and human systems and environments.
  • To provide students with research and professional experience through original and collaborative research initiatives with faculty and fellow students as well as professional internships, mentoring, and shadowing opportunities in connection with the College's mission regarding professional preparation.
  • To emphasize intellectual and professional integrity as a requisite of academic and professional endeavor while promoting ethical consciousness in the disciplines of geography and geosciences as well as in other future endeavors and in life.